Mbabazi's Consultative Meetings in Jinja Hang in Balance

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David Kyasanku, the Jinja Town Clerk says the venues are unavailable. According to Kyasanku, Uganda Police applied on August 17th, to utilise Kakindu Stadium for one month, starting on 9th September to train for Independence Day celebrations.

The proposed consultation meetings of former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi to popularise his presidential ambition in Jinja district hang in balance.

According to his consultation schedule, Mbabazi is expected to address meetings at Kakindu Stadium and Kazimingi business area later today.

However, David Kyasanku, the Jinja Town Clerk says the venues are unavailable. According to Kyasanku, Uganda Police applied on August 17th to utilise Kakindu Stadium for one month, starting on 9th September to train for Independence Day celebrations.
 
He says the business community at Kazimingi, Jinja Taxi Park and Central Market also petitioned the municipality last month to block political rallies in Kazimingi citing the disruption of their business.

According to Kyasanku, in their petition, the businessmen claim that they don't sell and lose their merchandise whenever rallies are held at Kazimingi.

As a result, Kyasanku has advised the organising committee for Mbabazi's consultation meetings to look for alternative venues, notify police and apply through the municipality.

The Town Clerk's decision has not gone down well with Robert Kanusu, coordinator of Mbabazi's consultative tour in Jinja.

Kanusu says the decision of Jinja Town Clerk to block Mbabazi's consultative meetings is a breach of people's freedom, which shouldn't be tolerated. Edgar Nyabongo, the Kiira Regional Police Commander confirms Police applied to use Kakindu Stadium and permission was granted.

There is general excitement in Jinja town ahead of Mbabazi's arrival. People donning T-shirts bearing Mbabazi's image, have gathered on the streets, saying they are ready to receive him.

However, it is not clear whether his organising team will be able to secure other venues to host the consultative meetings.
 
Mbabazi's consultative meetings in Soroti on Wednesday failed after police blocked him from addressing a rally at Soroti Sports Grounds leading to running battles with hundreds of his supporters.